Nestor Cortes earns a spot in the 2022 Pitch Tour

NEW YORK – Early in spring training, manager Aaron Boone had already included Nestor Cortes among the starting five.

However, Curtis wasn’t counting on a camp break in the Yankees’ rotation.

“I still feel like I have things to prove,” Curtis said midway through Yankees camp in Tampa, Florida. “I never want to lose that advantage. I never want to be comfortable.”

“I just feel like there is room for improvement and improvement.”

Of course, Curtis felt that way.

Training last spring, Curtis was an unlisted invitee in his third round with the Yankees since he was selected in the 36th round of the 2013 draft.

On Tuesday night, Curtis will start his first game of the season – as the fifth man in the MLS – against the powerful Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

September 20, 2021;  Bronx, New York - Yankees home baseman Nestor Curtis Jr. (65) hands over against the Texas Rangers during the third inning at Yankee Stadium.

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Entering the 2021 season, Curtis started two games in 42 games in his MLB career and was a 6.72 ERA in three seasons with the Orioles, Yankees and Mariners.

He was called up to the Yankees last year in late May, where Curtis made a 1.02 ERA in seven multi-inning relief games before joining the rotation on July 4.

From there, Curtis made 14 appearances, and Yank won 10 of the 15 games he appeared in.

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